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Software-Defined Storage Vs. Software-Delivered Storage
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
The difference between a software-defined storage product and one that's software delivered has more to do a vendor's go-to-market strategy than technical features.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Software-Defined Storage Takes Shape
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
The term is often misused in the industry, but some credible software-defined storage products have emerged.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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VMware Virtual Volumes Launch A New Storage Era
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
The arrival of VVOLs with vSphere 6 will allow us to provide data services at the VM-level and put an end to impractical LUN management.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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How VSAN & VVOLs Will Impact Storage Administrators
Scott Sinclair, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy GroupCommentary
Software-defined storage is poised to take a leap forward with vSphere 6, VSAN and VVOLs. Storage administrators will need to expand their skills in order to keep up.
By Scott Sinclair Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group,
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All EVO:RAIL Appliances Are Not Created Equal
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
The arrival of EMC's VSPEX Blue hyper-converged appliance highlights the differences between products jockeying for attention in the growing collection of those based on VMware's EVO:RAIL.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Choosing High-Capacity Drives
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
From hard drives for specific uses to hybrid drives and various capacity-increasing technologies, there are a lot of options. How do you decide which is best?
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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What Will Replace Flash?
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
Technologies such as RRAM are vying to upstage flash memory, but have a long way to go. Meanwhile, flash suppliers are making improvements.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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Open Source Storage Gains Traction
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
Ceph, along with Gluster, took big steps forward in 2014, positioning the open source storage technologies for the mainstream.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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2015 Storage Industry Outlook
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
From faster and larger SSDs to the rise of white-box storage, this year promises to bring a lot of change and innovation to the storage industry.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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Challenges Facing The Software-Defined Data Center
Jesse St. Laurent, Vice President of Product Strategy, SimpliVityCommentary
Virtualization has disrupted the data center, but IT must overcome several hurdles before it can move to the next level.
By Jesse St. Laurent Vice President of Product Strategy, SimpliVity,
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Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
Software costs add up quickly in today's virtualized datacenters. Does it make more sense to buy a few big servers or a bunch of little ones? I compare the costs.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
John Joseph, President & Co-Founder, DataGravityCommentary
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
By John Joseph President & Co-Founder, DataGravity,
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Putting Erasure Codes To Work
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Erasure Codes: An Introduction
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Your Next Storage Purchase: 5 Considerations
Vaughn Stewart, Chief Technical Evangelist, Pure StorageCommentary
Selecting the right storage array can future proof your data center. Here are five factors to keep in mind as you evaluate storage systems.
By Vaughn Stewart Chief Technical Evangelist, Pure Storage,
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The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
Vendors tout hyperconverged systems like EVO:RAIL as less expensive than more conventional storage systems. After pricing my own EVO:RAIL-like system, I found otherwise.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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RAID Redefined
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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100 Gbps Headed For The Data Center
Gilad Shainer, Vice President of Marketing, MellanoxCommentary
Growing demand for increased bandwidth in the data center will speed adoption of fast 100 gigabit-per-second interconnects.
By Gilad Shainer Vice President of Marketing, Mellanox,
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Will SATA Express Dethrone SAS?
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
Today's solid-state drives demand faster interfaces than what SAS and SATA can provide. SATA Express is on its way to becoming the next dominant storage interface.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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Enterprise Hybrid Drives: Who Manages The Flash?
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
Solid-state hybrid drives designed for the enterprise seem like an attractive option for boosting performance, but they come with management challenges.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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